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11-12-2011 @ 5:14PM
I just hope this doesn't bring about too much homogenization. But then, I've ALWAYS played as I've wanted to so it's never been an issue for me. It's the mages around me who change specs every patch to suite whatever they felt was the "best."They seem to be making too much of the current talents into "everyone can have one" talent. Fire, for example, loses Blast Wave, Dragon's Breath, Scorch, and Cauterize. And LB becomes available for everyone. I was glad to hear that the overall rotation mechanics (combustion, ignite, hot-streak) will remain in place, I hope that it, and other specs, don't lose what makes each feel unique and play differently. I've always loved played my spec (fire, if you couldn't tell) and have never loved it more than I do during Cataclysm when it FELT different. We were all about DoTs, AoEs, and even the RNG element made if feel different. We were crit dependent. But when it hit right and we were able to get off a great Combustion, it felt awesome. Plus the rotation is varied enough to keep me very interested. It is unpredictable, and when the crits aren't proccing often, it's not as fun but it makes the ones that ARE great even better . . . and they happen with enough frequency that in the end, it probably evens out - but that's what makes it exciting, to me anyway. While the arcane mages didn't have the variety, when they hit hard, they hit VERY hard and I'm guessing that's what made it fun.The few times I go into a battleground, I do so, still as fire (with a few talent points moved around). Yes, I'm Fire/Fire, because I love the way it plays. I die quickly and can't snare and frustrate the opponents as frost can, but I'm the one with the living bomb. I'm the one that can hit them with disabling AoEs over and over (well, when cooldowns are available). I'm not GOOD at pvp but bringing the tools of the spec that I love makes it fun on the occasions that I feel like doing pvp.I imagine that if I liked playing frost, I'd do it no matter what because I liked what it was capable of, not because its spells were blue rather than orange. I now recommend it for people who want the survivability and snare potential, especially for pvp.I understand that, for the competitive raider, thing have to be more "equal" but I think that has more to do with player behavior / reaction than the overall design. As Christian pointed out in past columns, the damage output between the three spec, while different, probably wasn't different enough to handicap one spec over another. It's just that people want to be the "best" and raid leaders see what the top raiders on this or that server spec as, and insist that that's what everyone do. This is the sort of thing that's caused them to re-evaluate the current system in the first place.I just hope that each spec doesn't become the same with different color spells. I like that each spec FEEL different (or I imagine it does . . . I only play fire), with different advantages (and even disadvantages) that each one brings. Perhaps there should have been more fights where the survivability/snares of frost would have made it an advantageous spec . . . I don't know.I hope the next expansion keeps my spec (and all mage specs) unique and fun. I don't want them to be so interchangeable that the choice doesn't matter. It SHOULD matter. It should feel different and play differently. We shouldn't all have the same spells. (the main nuke doesn't matter . . . I never use frostbolt now anyway, and haven't had use for Arcane Blast . . . well . . . ever).I guess it's natural to worry about the unknown. But I hope it will be not only good but better than we have, not worse. I want to keep loving playing my mage and keep loving the spec that I've played for years. During Wrath, I loved playing both my mage AND Warlock. But something happened . . . and I can't even put my finger on it, but I don't really enjoy playing my lock much anymore since Cataclysm. She's relegated to mostly picking flowers. I don't want to feel that way about my FAVORITE class.
11-13-2011 @ 2:38PM
I agree with EVERYTHING you said, about the fire spec love, about using it in PVP (on those rare occasions that I PVP) even though it's not supposed to be the PVP spec, about not enjoying my warlock alt as much in Cataclysm for some undefinable reason...everything. I've been fire since vanilla--even raided MC and BWL as fire, gimpy though I was, because I loved it that much and I was in a casual/understanding/cool guild. I briefly flirted with an arcane spec during ICC because everyone told me I should, but it just wasn't the same, and I never got the feel for it.I'm now fighting fire with fire in the Firelands (could I use the word "fire" more times in that sentence? Oops, I just did...) and loving my spec as much as ever. I love the AOE, I love the explosions, I love the waves of flame setting my enemies ablaze... Fire for life!
11-14-2011 @ 4:13AM
I agree, but I'm frost. Because I love the control. I don't care if I do slightly less DPS because of it. I love that feeling of being "untouchable". I can go out, gather up 15 mobs, and AOE them down without them ever even breathing on me and I like it. Of course, it only works on melee, but it's still fun and what ttracted me to the spec (and the class even) to begin with.If they remove the majority of the control from frost, it's like removing the durability from bear or the hots from restos. It's what defines the spec, and while I'll be glad to see frost finally be truly raid viable, if it's at the cost of my control, I'll be sadly shelving my mage. I don't want to be "that guy" who threatens to quit whenever a change I don't like comes my way, but I just don't think the devs understand how much some frost mages love the utility. If I wanted to melt faces I'd go fire. I want to freeze, control, and shatter. I want to be a frost mage.
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